Guinness World Records Responds to Chef Dammy’s 120-Hour Cooking Marathon

Chef Dammy's Marathon Cook-a-thon: A Stir in the Pot of Records

In a recent turn of events, the Guinness World Records has finally broken its silence on the 120-hour cooking marathon undertaken by Nigerian chef, Damilola Adeparusi, popularly known as Chef Dammy. The record-keeping body clarified that it had not received an application for this attempt from Chef Dammy, a prerequisite for any record attempt.

Chef Dammy embarked on her cooking marathon in Oye-Ekiti on June 9, aiming to surpass the record set by Hilda Baci. Despite the mixed reactions her cooking challenge received, especially in light of Guinness World Records certifying Hilda Baci’s record on June 13, Chef Dammy persevered, completing her 120-hour cooking marathon amid a blend of jubilation and criticism.

However, the Guinness World Records stated, “We have not received an application for this attempt. Applications can be made via the Guinness World Records website for our records management team to review. Once an application is accepted, the record claimant receives a set of detailed guidelines specific to that record category that must be adhered to.

The body further explained that the guidelines also detail a list of evidence that must be submitted for their team to verify the record. This rigorous review process is maintained to uphold the integrity of each Guinness World Records title.

Despite the initial resistance she faced, Chef Dammy has been receiving some endorsements. The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adeoye Aribasoye, lauded Chef Dammy, encouraging her to remain focused on her resolve to break the world record for the longest time spent cooking. A Nigerian doctor, Ayo Arojo, offered Ms. Dammy N500,000 and promised to take her on a cooking tour in the United States.

However, the lack of an official application and the ensuing controversy have cast a shadow over Chef Dammy’s achievement. The Guinness World Records’ statement has sparked further debates, with some Nigerians questioning whether Chef Dammy followed the correct procedures for her record attempt.

As the culinary world awaits further developments, Chef Dammy’s 120-hour cook-a-thon has certainly stirred the pot, bringing global attention to Nigeria’s vibrant food culture and the endurance of its chefs.

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